The first career survey of the Turner Prize-winning artist’s work in Australasia, ‘In Speculum’ brings together a major new commission and key works from the artists’ oeuvre. Starling’s work investigates the social, cultural and material implications of object-making. His ongoing excavation and transformation of the material world takes the form of associational assemblages that incorporate film, photography and sculptural forms, revealing rich, unexpected and complex histories.
An artist who often works site-specifically and in response to local geographies, Starling has developed work that engages the Great Melbourne Telescope (1868-69). Currently under restoration at Museum Victoria, the telescope was one of the largest in the world at the time of its production in the 19th century. Starling’s new project continues his interest in early scientific exploration and astronomy.
Monash University Museum of Art
Until 21 September, 2013
In Speculum (Studio Edit), 2013, (film still)
Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute